Aylesbury FC threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at Potters Bar on Monday night – their ninth defeat in a row.
FC were quick out of the blocks and were rewarded when their early pressure caused panic in the home defence. Steve Bateman’s side passed the ball right across the Scholars’ box with three defenders all failing to make a connection before Aston Goss slotted home on eight minutes.
The closest Potters Bar came to equalising came when James Ewington hit the right hand post from the left hand side of the box with James Weatherill beaten, but that apart FC went into half time with a comfortable 1-0 lead.
FC started the second half as brightly as they had done the first with some nice football and good interplay but without the cutting edge to increase the lead, and again they paid for it.
In the second half a great exchange of passes out from the back saw Cole Penny make a great run and put the ball on a plate for Toby Akin to stroke home his first.
Aylesbury continued to enjoy possession but without the chances to capitalise and paid the ultimate price when the second goal came from a Dan Millard corner touched on by Fabion Simms with Tobi Akin blasting the ball home from close range.
It was a third defeat in a whirlwind week since Bateman was appointed but only his second proper game in charge.
It will undoubtedly take time for Bateman and his raft of new players – with the promise of more to come – to settle into the groove at the club.
But the manager insisted on taking over that he wanted to get results as quickly as possible and there were plenty of positives to take from the game at Potters Bar.
The club will be desperate to avoid making it into double figures of consecutive defeats when they take on North Greenford on Saturday.
The match has added importance as FC start to get dragged into the relegation area but it is not all doom and gloom as the club is looking to make further additions to the squad before then.